Unsurprisingly, Walker is also a staunch opponent of capital punishment, specifically the execution of black cop-killers. A supporter of celebrity darling Mumia Abu-Jamal, whom she describes as “beautiful” and “compassionate,” she says he reminds her of Nelson Mandela and has no doubt he was framed. She supports amnesty for domestic terrorist Assata Shakur, former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader (and the step-aunt of murdered hip hop icon Tupac Shakur).
Assata Shakur was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in a maximum-security prison for a 1973 shootout that left a state patrolman dead. She escaped from prison in 1979 and lived underground until 1986, when she was given political asylum in Cuba, where she has lived ever since. Walker takes Shakur’s word that she is innocent, and believes that attempting to punish her any further is “demonic.” “I firmly believe that the only punishment that works is love,” pontificates Walker.
Actually, she believes even more firmly in punishing people by denying them love. Walker’s daughter Rebecca painted a devastating portrait of her mother’s cruel hypocrisy in a tragic article exposing the emotional damage caused by the heartless woman revered the world over as a feminist icon:
I came very low down in her priorities – after work, political integrity, self-fulfillment, friendships, spiritual life, fame and travel…
My mother’s feminist principles colored every aspect of my life… It was drummed into me that being a mother, raising children and running a home were a form of slavery. Having a career, travelling the world and being independent were what really mattered according to her…
Rebecca describes a life of near-abandonment by the famous writer who champions sisterhood while scorning motherhood, and who showed her own child not love and affection but resentment or, at best, indifference. When the adult Rebecca finally chose not to repress her maternal instincts any longer and became pregnant, Walker disowned her: “I haven’t seen her or spoken to her since I became pregnant,” says Rebecca. “She has never seen my son – her only grandchild. My crime? Daring to question her ideology.”
And that betrayal is unforgivable to leftist ideologues like Alice Walker. As her daughter learned the hard way, her ideology supersedes family and even humanity.
For the cold, hypocritical, racist, sexist, America-blaming radical Walker to claim the moral high ground over Israel while remaining silent in the face of Muslim atrocities is typical of the left’s delusional self-righteousness and of their collusion with Islamic totalitarians. For Walker to expect that her anti-Israel gesture will have any efficacy is typical of her overinflated self-opinion. It doesn’t occur to her that by refusing to allow her overrated novel to be translated into Hebrew, she is actually doing Israeli readers a favor.
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